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Michael Honda (D)
|Leadership:||No leadership position|
|Committees:||House Committee on Appropriations|
|(subcommittees and past assignments)|
| Next election: Nov. 6, 2012
Primary challenge: N/a
Incumbent running: Yes, for a different seat
2012 candidates for CA-17
|Confirmed:||Michael Honda, Evelyn Li|
|Possible:||None so far|
|Out:||None so far|
|(more info & editing for CA-17)|
Record and controversies
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Honda voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
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Investigation surrounding Pat Tillman's death
In March 2007, Rep Honda (D-Calif.) demanded that the Department of Defense release an internal report regarding the handling of Pat Tillman's death by friendly fire. If they did not release the report, Honda threatened to launch a congressional investigation. The family was not notified that the death was caused by friendly fire until five weeks had passed. A leak of the Department of Defense report suggested that four generals were criticized for their handling of the incident.
In both the 109th and 110th congresses, Rep. Honda sponsored the Student Privacy Protection Act of 2007. Currently, students and parents have the right to "opt out" from their school providing their names, addresses, and phone numbers to the Pentagon for military recruitment. However, the opt-out notices are often buried deep within student handbooks, or are not provided to students and parents in the first place.
Rep. Honda's bill would change from an "opt out" model to an "opt in" arrangement, whereby military recruiters may only obtain contact information for students whose parent has provided written consent.
Norman Hsu campaign donations
Reparations for Japanese Latin Americans
Honda cosponsored The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act in the 110th Congress which would establish a commission that would determine the facts and circumstances involving the relocation, internment and deportation of Japanese Latin Americans.
- Main article: Redress for Japanese Latin Americans/ U.S. legislation#Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act of 2007
A Japanese American, Honda was born on June 27, 1941 in Walnut Grove, California and spent his early childhood in an internment camp in Colorado. His family became strawberry sharecroppers in Blossom Valley in San Jose after their return in 1953.
He graduated from San Jose State University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and Spanish and earned a master's degree in 1974. From 1965 to 1967 he served in the United States Peace Corps, working in El Salvador.
A science teacher, he served as the principal at two public schools. In 1971, Honda was appointed by San Jose Mayor Norman Mineta to San Jose's Planning Commission, and won election to the San Jose Unified School Board in 1981. He was a member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (1990) and the California State Assembly (1996-2001).
Honda was elected to the U.S. House 2000, succeeding Republican Tom Campbell.
Money in Politics
This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.
|Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle|
|Donor||Amount (US Dollars)|
|American Federation of Teachers||$ 10,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$ 10,000|
|Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union||$ 10,000|
|Marcus & Millichap||$ 10,000|
|Marvell Technology Group||$ 10,000|
|NMCI Group||$ 10,000|
|Operating Engineers Union||$ 10,000|
|Painters & Allied Trades Union||$ 10,000|
|Applied Materials Inc||$ 9,500|
|ME Fox & Co||$ 8,500|
|Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.|
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
|Links to more campaign contribution information for Michael Honda
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
|Fundraising profile:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
|Top contributors by organization/corporation:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
|Top contributors by industry:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
- Revolving door profile for Michael Honda from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Michael Honda from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Michael Honda from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
- House Committee on Appropriations
Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)
- House Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science
- Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
- Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
- House Committee on Science and Technology
- Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on Science
- Subcommittee on Energy - Ranking Minority Member
- Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
- Subcommittee on Highways Transit and Pipelines
Coalitions and Caucuses
- Regional Whip for Northern California
- Chair, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
- Vice Chair, Democratic National Committee
More Candidate Data
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Articles and resources
- ↑ Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
- ↑ Klaus Marre, "Honda threatens Pentagon with hearings on Pat Tillman’s death," The Hill, March 24, 2007.
- ↑ OpenCongress: H.R.1346
- ↑ Jim Kuhnhenn, "Clinton to give away fundraiser's cash," AP News via Talking Points Memo, August 29, 2007.
- ↑ "SENS. INOUYE, AKAKA, LEAHY, LEVIN, BENNETT, MURKOWSKI, STEVENS," US Fed News 15, 2007.
- Klaus Marre, "Honda threatens Pentagon with hearings on Pat Tillman’s death", Hill News, March 24, 2007.
- Official website
- Campaign website
- Peace Corps biography of Mike Honda
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
Local blogs and discussion sites
Semantic data ()
|From the Sunlight Foundation API|
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
|Title: Rep||First name: Michael||Middle name: M.||Last name: Honda|
|Party: D||State: CA||District:
17 District short: 17
|Currently in office? True|
|Phone: 202-225-2631||Fax: 202-225-2699||Website: http://www.house.gov/honda||Webform email: http://honda.house.gov/contactmike.shtml|
|DC office: 1713 Longworth House Office Building|
|Bioguide ID: H001034||Votesmart ID: 9674||FEC ID: H0CA15148||Govtrack ID: 400185|
|CRP ID: N00012611||Eventful ID:||Old Sunlight ID:||Twitter ID: RepMikeHonda|
|OpenCongress Wiki URL: http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Michael_Honda||YouTubeID: http://youtube.com/RepMikeHonda||Senate class:|
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
Ranking Member On:
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2000
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2001
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
California State Assembly, San Jose City Planning Commission, San Jose Unified School Board, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
|Other Party Membership:|
Date of Birth: June 27, 1941
November 7, 2000